Why St. Louis? Well, It's Cheaper (St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Aug 03/1980/US) By Joe Pollack

The approaching movie to be shot in St. Louis, with parts of downtown representing a prison-like New York City, hired a bunch of extras recently, with a nighttime shooting schedule planned. The extras will get $25 a day. In Los Angeles, extras receive $68 a day. The film, Escape From New York, will not be affected by the current Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists strike, because the producers have signed an interim agreement to permit production to get under way.